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Aus Polls : Alex Bhathal targeted with ‘racist’ flyers

By June 29, 2016 0 Comments


alexandra singhMelbourne: A Sikh politician contesting the July 2 general election for Australia’s Greens Party has been targeted with racist flyers.
Alexandra Kaur Bhathal, a candidate for the seat of Batman (Melbourne), today wrote on her Facebook page, “Yesterday and today, a flyer has been distributed among my electorate, targeting my background and beliefs. The leaflet contains vicious and racist statements about me and my heritage as a Sikh.”
“I was sickened and disturbed by this, as are members of the Sikh community who’ve seen the flyer, but it only adds to my resolve to keep campaigning and defend multiculturalism. This propaganda, based on misinformation, racism and hatred, will not sway me from my faith as a Sikh, a religion that stands up for the rights of all people,” she said.
According to media reports, the printed material claimed Bhathal supported the ‘Khalistan terrorist movement’ to create a ‘racist’ nation in Punjab.

Alexandra Kaur Bhathal writes on her facebook :
Yesterday and today a flyer has been distributed in my electorate of Batman targeting my background and beliefs.

The leaflet contains vicious and racist statements about me and my heritage as a Sikh. I was sickened and disturbed by this, as are members of the Sikh community who’ve seen the flyer, but it only adds to my resolve to keep campaigning and defend multiculturalism.

This propaganda, based in misinformation, racism and hatred, will not sway me from my faith as a Sikh, a religion that stands up for the rights of all people – we are a progressive, humanist faith that believes all people are created equal and that we must respect all religions. It won’t sway me from my political commitments as a Greens candidate. I have lodged a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission. This kind of racism has no place in our politics. We cannot allow hatred to grow unchallenged.

To the people who wrote and produced this flyer, I want to tell you that I will not be intimidated. I’m proud to stand up for what I hold most fundamental and that includes my belief that racism has no place in our country.





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